Watch the Birdie (1950)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  12 January 1951 (USA)
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A cameraman helps a heiress to get rid off her finacial adviser, who wants to get her money.



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Complete credited cast:
Rusty Cammeron / Pop Cammeron / Grandpop Cammeron
Lucia Corlane
Miss Lucky Vista
Grantland D. Farns
Mrs. Shanway (as Pam Britton)
Richard Rober ...
Mr. Hugh Shanway


"Rusty" Cammeron tries to get out of debt by doing some free-lance newsreel photography, but his efforts fall woefully short and end in some kind of mishap. Lucia Corlaine rescues him from drowning and he falls madly in love with her. Lucia, a wealthy young lady, is trying to build a real estate project but a group of crooks and swindlers are out to stop her. Written by Les Adams <>

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Clicks with the Chicks


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12 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Brustbild bitte!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Great Turkey Escape scenes were filmed in an under-construction housing development in the Northwest quadrant of Crenshaw Boulevard and 190th Street, Torrance, California. The turkeys required persuasion to leave their enclosure on the back of a truck. Encouragement was applied by men with poles, out of camera view. The scene required at least two takes, with the birds rounded up from their pen (also out of view) and returned to the truck. Red Skelton came out of a background house during one of the roundups, saw the 12-year-old lad who had ridden up on his bike, smiled and waved. See more »


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You'll see Red --
1 August 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

---and see him in three roles in this B / W comedy of his. His first is the lead role of Rusty a bumbling photographer who is trying to save the family business; his father a rather old fashioned and quiet guy that might be Rusty one day if not for his Grandfather (the third role), a playboy a heart, who shows Rusty how to handle a woman properly. The special shots of the three of them and even two of the same characters are great and there is no blurring screen or noticeable break in the film.

This film may be only for Skelton fans, of which I am not really one, but I did found a lot of the routines here funny (especially a scene in a Dr.'s change room) and did laugh out loud at some of Skelton's delivery and timing. The girls are great - Arlene Dahl and Ann Miller. They have their share of gags, though Miller is quite far the funniest of the pair. Some tributes to old movies are obvious, especially in the final chase scene. The only scene people might find objectionable today is where Grandpa tells Rusty how to handle and keep a woman by showing him old Clark Gable and Robert Taylor movies.

This is great preservation of a moment in cinema history.

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